It’s that time of the year: the world’s literati has descended upon Montreal for the annual Blue Metropolis Literary Festival. This year the Quebec Writers Federation will have a table at the festival, so drop by for a chance to win a set of 12 books authored by QWF Members!
The QWF is also sponsoring the event Reading the World from Montreal: The Anglo Guide to Survival as a Writer in Quebec, on Saturday, April 24 at 8:30 p.m. This panel discussion, moderated by CBC Radio’s Sue Smith, features QWF President Elise Moser, Greg MacArthur, Claire Holden Rothman and Sherwin Tjia. The cost is $5. (Event No. 89, in Régence A). Click the above Blue Met link for more festival info.
As if that wasn’t enough to get excited about, PWAC’s own Beverly Akerman has won the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick’s 2010 Richards Prize for her unpublished fiction collection, The Meaning of Children. Judge JoAnne Soper-Cook wrote:
The writing is fluid and masterful and shows good narrative control. The work features wonderful little insights throughout…a keen, incisive vision into the hidden world of children as well as intimate knowledge of the secret spaces that exist between the everyday events of life. There is knowledge here, knowledge of those important, life-defining moments of puberty, the birth of a sibling, an encounter with a possibly dangerous stranger. Overall, a work with a brilliant sense of story.
Stories from this collection will be published in EarLit Shorts 5, The Nashwaak Review, The New Quarterly, Rampike, and the Windsor Review.